Environment:

How the people of Bavaria are uniting to save bees, bugs, and birds

We are constantly berated with alarming reports that forecast a gloomy future for our planet, giving us two options for how we can react. Either we become paralyzed and give up, or we unite together in the face of adversity to enact change. The Bavarians of southern Germany chose the second option following a massive report highlighting the drastic decline of insect and bird populations, which could cause an ecological collapse. For weeks, Bavarians have been standing in lines, sometimes quite long ones, to sign a petition designed to save bees, other bugs, and the birds that eat them. The…

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  • National Geographic
  • Date:02/15/2019

New York City to create a special agency focused on managing climate change

With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal spearheading the most dramatic shift in American climate politics in decades, New York City is preparing to vote on a bill that would create an agency with the sole focus of managing climate change. The legislation proposes the creation of a new commissioner-led department, which would be called the Department of Sustainability, to carry out and enforce the city's sustainability policies, including a historic bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Seeing that rising sea levels pose a significant risk to this sprawling coastal metropolis, such an agency could ensure…

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  • HuffPost
  • Date:02/15/2019

America's ski industry has united to fight climate change and save the snow

Skiing is among the most preferred winter sports in the United States and also a major economic driver in the country’s mountainous regions. Skiing, however, is dependent on a stable climate, and the warming conditions created by climate change are putting the industry's future on a slippery slope. That’s why, for the first time, leaders of ski trade associations around the country are uniting to pursue climate change solutions to address this defining issue for the industry. The joint effort will seek to support comprehensive, bipartisan climate legislation in Congress, adopting market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decarbonizing…

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  • Ski Mag
  • Date:02/14/2019

Senators just passed the biggest conservation legislation in more than a decade

Hallelujah! Senators from all across the political spectrum came together this week to pass the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade. The bipartisan measure touches every state and protects more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness from any development. Not even roads or motorized vehicles will be allowed inside the newly protected area. The measure also adds three national park units, expands eight others, and permanently withdraws more than 370,000 acres of land from mining. On top of all this, the conservation efforts will be funded by previous revenue from offshore-drilling. At a time when President Trump has been…

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  • Washington Post
  • Date:02/14/2019

With some thanks to India and China, Earth is greener than 20 years ago

It seems whenever the word ‘forest’ is in the headlines of a news story, the story has only to do with deforestation and habitat loss. But that’s not the case with this story. This time around, we’re here to tell you that NASA’s latest study found that the Earth has actually become a greener place than it was 20 years ago. Contrary to the general perception worldwide, China and India’s ambitious tree planting programs and intensive agriculture has led to a global net increase in leaf area. This isn’t to say that deforestation is no longer a problem, but does…

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  • India Today
  • Date:02/13/2019

Answers to the questions you never asked about plastic waste

By now you’ve probably heard a million times that plastic waste is harming the planet. There’s no question about that. But there are many other questions you might have about plastic and how we should deal with the problem. For example, perhaps you want to find out if the plastic you put into the recycling in your community is being recycled properly? Maybe you want to know what makes some plastic recyclable and others not? Or maybe you want to know how you can make a difference in the fight against plastic waste? If you’re full of questions regarding plastic…

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  • NPR
  • Date:02/13/2019

Florida’s Key West is banning the sale of sunscreens that damage coral reefs

Although it’s always wise to apply sunscreen before heading to the beach, evidence suggests most sunscreens contain chemicals that can harm the development of corals and make them more prone to bleaching. When corals bleach, they essentially start to die because they’ve lost the algae they rely on to produce food. For that reason, the city government of Key West in Florida has banned the sale of sunscreens that contains the ingredients that cause coral bleaching. The Key West is home to the only shallow-water reefs off the coast of the continental United States, which makes this ban especially pertinent.…

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  • Earther
  • Date:02/12/2019

New law in Hawaii will ban the killing of any sharks in state waters

Lawmakers in Hawaii have been busy bees over the past couple years when it comes to drafting laws that protect the natural beauty of their islands. The Aloha State banned all sunscreens that harm coral reefs last year and banned all plastic bags years ago, with new legislation being proposed that will outright ban all single-use plastics common in the food and beverage industry. Now lawmakers in Honolulu are moving forward with a new law to protect sharks and rays. These marine animals have sadly enough become the target of “big game” shark-fishing excursions, causing their numbers to dwindle rapidly.…

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:02/12/2019

All medals at the 2020 Olympics to be made out of recycled materials

With a little ingenuity, there's a lot you can do with old electronic waste. That was shown at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled electronic devices. Now organizers of the 2020 edition in Japan are looking to one up Rio by forging all winning athletes’ medals from citizen-donated electronic waste like discarded phones, digital cameras, and laptops. Officials said that they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to extract 30.3 kg of gold, 4,100 kg of silver and 2,700 kg of bronze,…

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  • BBC
  • Date:02/12/2019

Pakistan is pushing to recover mafia-encroached land and transform it into forests

Pakistan's Prime Minister has been an advocate for environmental conservation for a long time. Before becoming Prime Minister, he oversaw the planting of a billion trees in the province where he was in power. Now he has launched an even more ambitious project dubbed the "10 Billion Tree Tsunami" in which the government aims to reclaim land currently held by the "timber mafia" and transform it into forests and wildlife parks. Pakistan has one of the highest rates of deforestation in Asia, but with this new initiative, it looks as if some of that damage can be reversed. The end…

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  • Gulf News
  • Date:02/12/2019
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